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Old 10-22-2006, 02:10 AM
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Any thoughts on the raymarine A65 unit with the sounder module.. Good ,bad , anything?
Old 10-22-2006, 10:42 PM
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I've only had my A65 for about a month, but I love it. I can't speak to durability yet, but it is pretty easy to install, gives me all I need to know about where I am and whats under the boat at a glance. I got the package with the DSM 25, and the Navionics Silver chart. The sounder will pick up a 6 oz diamond jig in 35', shows up well in sunlight (except when using polarized glasses and you are at a really sharp angle- but what does). From the helm it's easy to see and interpret. I had been using a Monochromatic Garmin76 Map handheld and a Humminbird Wide 3D previously and I have to say, this setup makes me feel alot safer and more efficient on the water. Now I can concentrate on the water and not have my head buried in a little handhelds screen. It is so much easier to get your bearings by glancing at the chart on screen look up to verify your bearings, than to pore over a paper chart and try to corrolate that to what a little handheld shows. I find that the screen is big enough to split and still get a decent view on each of the displays. Some of the smaller units, when split, made for too small an image for me to read easily, even in the store! I find the keys user friendly- but so different from my garmin that I had to retrain myself on how to access the basics. (I had hit the MOB to mark a fishspot and didn't realize I held it too long and it activated the MOB alarm- which was a pain til I read the book and realized I should've given it two quick taps instead... ) The p58 'ducer works on my 17CC up to about 22kts- then I begin to lose bottom, but I haven't "tweaked" that installation - I just used the holes from the previous 'ducer and got it in the ballpark. So far, I am very pleased. (My girlfriend was a little disappointed that it doesn't show the little cute "cartoon" fish symbols, but rather it shows blobs of color...hehehe) Good Luck, Jim
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backbeach - 10/22/2006 10:42 PM

So far, I am very pleased. (My girlfriend was a little disappointed that it doesn't show the little cute "cartoon" fish symbols, but rather it shows blobs of color...hehehe) Good Luck, Jim
funny, I got the same reaction from my wife; Where are the little fishes?. Anyway, so far I'm satisfied with my A65, no problems other than the dealer installed the ducer in the wrong place first, now I can keep the bottom up to 40mph and down to 200' easily, after the 200' point it gets a little sketchy but I guess we'll figure it out sooner or later.

BTW, in the future when contacting RayMarine, ask for features you would like to see in the future and they'll add it in their list for future firmware upgrades. I've been asking for chart off-set so you could move your ship to the bottom 1/4 of the screen, that way you would get more map in front.

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